The Mechanics of Love (2021)
Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth
The Mechanics of Love is a split screen video in which the two artists record themselves separately as they rise and prepare for a video call with one-another, each filming themselves on multiple cameras as they move through a series of morning routines. In the work, mobile video devices are employed for their ability to create intimate self portraits - an iPhone camera held in the hand when waking; a GoPro strapped to a chest whilst showering and dressing; a digital camera placed on a bath edge, bed, or bureau. A landscape warped to centre the body. Virtuosity is not the goal - mistakes, interruptions and imperfections are intrinsic.
Although a stand-alone work, The Mechanics of Love ends where an older video by the artists begins. If You Can't See My Mirrors I Can't See You (2010) was made in the early days of Skype and used multiple cameras to record a video call about the making of the work. Using a video call as the basis of a work is pertinent in new ways today. They are used create rhythm, structure, and accountability. The two routines portrayed - although separate - intersect, and seem to synchronise and speak to one another, allowing for chance encounters. The video depicts life lived alongside and enabled by technology. A world in which we bring others close to us - and us to them - through multiple devices as if in a dream.
The Mechanics of Love was supported by LUX, Elephant Trust, Talbot Rice, and an AXIS web digital residency.